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Chicago Auto Show – What to See

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:  CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS

 - The 2016 Ford GT Supercar

The 2016 Ford GT Supercar

This year’s Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place is all about muscle. Automakers at the event this weekend are unveiling the most powerful, technologically advanced engines ever seen for street-legal vehicles.

 

Research continues on electric and hydrogen and hybrid technologies in Detroit and Palo Alto, but this year’s show, at a moment when gas prices hover around $2 a gallon, is focused squarely on horsepower. BMW, Acura and Mercedes-AMG are each showing off new cars with approximately 550 horsepower.

 

Here’s what else to see:

The new racing-derived Ford GT supercar concept debuts with a turbocharged V-6 engine that generates 600 horsepower.

 

Cadillac will show off its CTS-V ultra sedan with an eight-speed transmission producing 640 horsepower in what is essentially a Corvette V-8 power plant.

 

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo race car, with 600 horses, will be here on its way to competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A Nismo street concept with a bit less muscle will be available for viewing, too.

 

The new Dodge SRT Charger Hellcat, which with 707 horses is being touted as the most powerful sedan ever built, may be the ultimate in muscle. (Visitors can get the feel of driving it by hopping into the Hellcat simulator positioned close to the real thing.)

 

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, with a 640 horsepower engine, is the most powerful in Cadillac’s history, allowing the car to reach a top speed of 200 mph. But it’s a rear-wheel drive, a liability in snowy Chicago winters. Figure on the car stickering at $70,000 and above.

 - The 2015 Bugatti Veyron.

The 2015 Bugatti Veyron.

If you missed it at last year’s show, don’t miss the French-made 2015 Bugatti Veyron 16.4, a mid-engined sports car that generates a whopping 1,001 horsepower from an 8-liter, 16-cylinder engine. It rolls from 0-to-60 miles per hour in an eye-blink of 2.5 seconds and cruises at a top speed reputed to approach 260 mph. It gets just 7 miles per gallon in city driving, but then anybody paying up $2 million or so for this ultimate road machine probably doesn’t much notice the current price of gas at the pump, much less pump his own.

 - The 2015 Buick Avenir

The 2015 Buick Avenir

It’s not all about muscle, however:

The Buick Avenir, a rakish four-door with swooping lines and a boattail-styled rear, will remind some of the 1970s Riviera. Extras include an ionic air filtration system inside and an active fuel-management system that deactivates cylinders when not needed. The Avenir is not ready for production yet, but the 2016 Buick Cascada, the brand’s first convertible in 25 years, will be for sale this fall, probably at around $40,000.

 

Kurt Schiele, co-owner of BMW, Jaguar and Toyota dealerships in Elmhurst, is looking forward to the appearance of the Toyota FT-1 concept car, the brand’s first serious sports car since the late 1990s, when the Supra expired. Schiele says the silhouette of the car flies in the face of Toyota’s ordinarily conservative designs. “It’s crazy and radical but flows together smoothly,” he says. He expects it will eventually come into production with a price tag of $50,000 or less.

 

The 2016 Lincoln MKX has adaptive headlamps that curve with the road and a 360-degree camera to give maximum views.

 

An all-new 2016 Honda Pilot, which got its last update in 2009, will be shown for the first time with plenty of bells and whistles.

 

Aston Martin will show off the DB9 in a “carbon edition” that advertises less weight, while its latest V-12 engine generates 510 horsepower.

 

The 2016 Acura NSX is unique for that brand in that it was designed entirely by American engineers and will be built at the company’s Marysville, Ohio, plant. It will start at around $150,000, about the same as the new Ford GT, which is built to compete, performance-wise, with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini.

 

The Honda FCV concept car runs on hydrogen fuel cells with a range of 300 miles on a single tank of compressed hydrogen (taking three minutes to refuel).

 

The Chicago Auto Show runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday through Feb. 21 and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22. Admission is $12, $6 for seniors 62 and older and $6 for children aged 7 to 12 (free for children 6 and under).

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9 Vehicles with Zero Driver Fatalities

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More than 30,000 people a year still die on American roads, and while that toll has been steadily declining for a decade, it still represents a massive, unending tragedy. Around the world, those figures are climbing, as more people spend more time behind the wheel. Nothing drives advocates of tech such as driverless cars like the potential for sharply reducing the cost in human lives of driving.

 

Last week came a piece of good news in that fight: We are closer than we thought to cars that could prevent all their drivers from dying in a wreck. The bad news? There’s still decades of work ahead.

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the research arm of the nation’s auto insurance companies, studied driver deaths between 2009 and 2012 for mass-market vehicles. (It did not examine passenger deaths due to unreliable data.) Overall, it found that new models with newer technology, especially stability control, had cut the overall death rate in vehicles by a third in the three years since it had last run the numbers. Had vehicle tech been frozen at 1985 levels, the IIHS estimates by 2012 an additional 7,700 people would have died in crashes.

 

Vehicle Deaths per million registered vehicle years Multi-vehicle crashes Single-vehicle crashes Rollovers
Audi A4 4WD 0 0 0 0
Honda Odyssey 0 0 0 0
Kia Sorento 2WD 0 0 0 0
Lexus RX 350 4WD 0 0 0 0
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4WD 0 0 0 0
Subaru Legacy 4WD 0 0 0 0
Toyota Highlander hybrid 4WD 0 0 0 0
Toyota Sequoia 4WD 0 0 0 0
Volvo XC90 4WD 0 0 0 0
Honda Pilot 4WD 2 0 2 0
Mercedes-Benz M-Class 4WD 3 3 0 0
Ford Crown Victoria 4 4 0 0
GMC Yukon 4WD 4 0 4 0
Acura TL 2WD 5 5 0 0
Chevrolet Equinox 2WD 5 3 2 0
Chevrolet Equinox 4WD 5 5 0 0
Ford Expedition 4WD 5 5 0 0
Ford Flex 2WD 5 0 5 0
Mazda CX-9 4WD 5 0 5 5

The IIHS calculates its death rate per years registered of a particular model; the industry average is 28 deaths per one million registered years for 2011 models in 2012; in 2008, the rate was 48. When it dug deeper, the IIHS found nine 2011 models that had no recorded deaths of drivers — the first time the group had found any such vehicles. Six of them were SUVs; overall, SUVs had the lowest death rates of any vehicle type, mostly due to the mandate of electronic stability controls and the physics of larger vehicles offering more protection from the forces of a crash than smaller ones. (Compared to 2004 models, SUVs from the 2011 model-year on have a rollover rate that’s 75 percent less.)

 

But the IIHS also gave out a warning that the gap betwen the best and the worst cars at preventing fatal crashes had widened. The rates in the IIHS study are corrected for demographics (young drivers who typically buy smaller vehicles tend to crash more frequently) but even after that adjustment, small cars dominate the most lethal list:

Vehicle Deaths per million registered vehicle years Multi-vehicle crashes Single-vehicle crashes Rollovers
Kia Rio 149 96 54 15
Nissan Versa sedan 130 44 87 51
Hyundai Accent 120 65 53 16
Chevrolet Aveo 99 65 31 10
Hyundai Accent 86 43 48 20
Chevrolet Camaro coupe 80 19 60 25
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD 79 40 36 17
Honda Civic 76 46 29 10
Nissan Versa hatchback 71 37 33 20
Ford Focus 70 55 13 5
Nissan Cube 66 38 29 6
Chevrolet HHR 61 34 25 9
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 2WD 60 31 28 9
Chevrolet Aveo 58 58 0 0
Mercury Grand Marquis 57 33 25 0
Jeep Patriot 2WD 57 44 9 3
Mazda 6 54 34 17 3
Dodge Nitro 2WD 51 7 50 40
Honda Civic 49 28 21 8

“The complete elimination of traffic deaths is still many decades away, and, along with vehicle improvements, getting there will require changes in road design and public policy that can help protect all road users,” said David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer.”Still, the rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible.”

 

The newest vehicles have gone well beyond stability control to include tricks like automatic emergency braking and radar-based cruise control to slow down the vehicle automatically in traffic. The safety benefits of those technologies have not yet been fully measured, but their real benefit may not become visible until they’re available outside luxury models — especially the small cars that still pose the greatest risk.

 

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13 Exciting New Cars Coming in 2015

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   FREEP.COM

 

 

After a strong year for car and truck sales, automakers have a flood of new models in the works to woo buyers in 2015.

Here are some of the vehicles expected to debut over the next 12 months:

 

■ Acura NSX: Designed, developed and built in the USA, this all-wheel drive hybrid super car is the heart of Acura’s plan to become a leading luxury brand. The two-seat NSX will be one of the most eagerly watched introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. While it will sell in small numbers, Honda engineers are throwing the kitchen sink at the NSX — including separate electric motors for each of the front wheels and a mid-engine gasoline-electric hybrid package — to reestablish Acura as a go-to brand for performance, technology and excitement.

 

■ Cadillac SRX: The SRX crossover was an immediate hit when Cadillac introduced it, but the handsome five-seater has grown old. Cadillac needs a new model with the latest features and improved fuel economy to cash in on the boom in luxury SUVs.

“Luxury crossovers are incredibly popular,” IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said. “The SRX replacement is a chance for Cadillac to cash in on that and continue their run of excellent products.” The SRX replacement will have a new name as Caddy switches to names that combine letters and numerals, like BMW and Audi use.

 

■ Chevrolet Cruze: By far the best small car Chevrolet has built, the current Cruze’s features and fuel economy gave the brand its first legitimate competitor for the best from Japan, Korea and Germany.

GM puts such high stock on the Cruze that CEO Mary Barra, who was then in charge of product development, delayed the new car a year to make sure it didn’t repeat the mistakes of the botched redesign of the Malibu midsize sedan. The result: a roomier interior and other improvements in the sedan that goes on sale next fall.

 

■ Honda HR-V: Honda’s entry in the hot subcompact SUV market, the HR-V could win the brand new buyers, thanks to slick looks and one of the larger engines in the segment. “It’s going to get a lot of attention,” Brinley said. “We’ll be talking about small crossovers all year.”

Fuel economy, price and features will be key for the HR-V, whose competitors will include the Chevrolet Trax and Fiat 500X. The HR-V looks to have one of the roomier interiors in the pack.

 

■ Hyundai Tucson: Hyundai’s smaller SUV will grow slightly larger in 2015 to make room for — you guessed it — a future subcompact crossover. That will push it closer in size to the Santa Fe, potentially creating a traffic jam on Hyundai dealership floors.

“These vehicles are smash hits in the rest of the world,” Cars.com Detroit bureau chief Aaron Bragman said. Hyundai thinks a roomier interior and new looks could make the Tucson a hit with U.S. buyers.

 

■ Jaguar XE: Jaguar’s first compact sedan launches the British brand into direct competition with aggressive sport sedans like the BMW 3-series and Cadillac ATS. It’s a tough market, but success is vital to Jag’s global growth plan. An expected all-wheel drive model could help.

“Jaguar’s never had a viable candidate in this segment, but this one ticks all the right boxes” with contemporary looks and features, Bragman said.

The XE is one of the first tests of the Indian Tata Group’s ability to develop a luxury car without former Jag owner Ford’s help.

 

■ Jeep Renegade: Developed primarily for sale in Europe, China and other regions, the subcompact Renegade’s appeal in the U.S. is unknown, but Jeep could use an appealing entry-level model. A lot will depend on whether the Renegade delivers on Fiat Chrysler’s promise of serious off-road capability.

“It gives young buyers the classic Jeep looks and all the benefits of a Wrangler with a better price, higher fuel economy and more safety equipment,” Bragman said. “You’re going to see them all over college campuses.”

 

■ Lexus RX: Like the similar-sized Cadillac SRX, the RX is one of the older five-seat midsize luxury SUVs on the market. It’s also the best-seller in its segment, and the vehicle other automakers gear themselves up to compete with.

“The RX is the most popular luxury crossover in the U.S.,” Bragman said. “It’s the vehicle that made Lexus a volume brand.”

Expect advanced features and a luxurious interior to keep the competition on its toes.

 

■ Lincoln MKX: Ford’s luxury brand is basking in the warm response to the smaller MKC SUV it launched in 2014. The five-seat MKX needs to make a big impression to maintain that momentum and compete with the replacements for the SRX and RX.

“The MKX’s success is very important to Lincoln,” Brinley said.

Look for Lincoln to build on its strength making high-end interiors with the new MKX. The new Revel audio system will also debut on the MKX, which should be on sale this spring.

 

■ Mazda MX-5: Mazda might still exist without the affordable little roadster also known as the Miata, but its “Zoom-zoom” claims to be a brand for enthusiasts would ring hollow. The curvy new model boasts a 50/50 weight distribution for handling and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

“The MX-5 is Mazda’s icon, the car that sets the stage for the rest of the brand and defines Mazda as a company,” Bragman said. “It impacts the whole company, every model in the lineup.”

 

■ Nissan Titan: Nissan was the first Japanese automaker to build a full-size pickup, but the Titan has never met sales targets. At one point, Nissan nearly quit Titan development all together to use a truck developed by Chrysler’s Ram division. When that deal fell apart, Nissan doubled down on the Titan, developing the 2016 Titan that will debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Titan promises to be more capable, with a wider choice of models and a powerful and efficient 5.0-liter V8 diesel from Indiana-based Cummins Engine.

 

■ Toyota Tacoma: The midsize Tacoma pickup is one of Toyota’s core models, with as avid and loyal a following as the Camry or Corolla. The 2016 model debuting at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit faces unexpectedly strong competition from the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups.

“Toyota’s likely to remain the sales leader, but it’s possible they were caught a little off guard by the Colorado,” Brinley said. The strong likelihood that the Nissan Frontier midsize pickup expected later in the year will offer a V6 Cummins diesel adds to the 2016 Tacoma’s challenges.

 

■ Volvo XC90: The XC90 was one of the most popular European SUVs when it debuted, but it’s been on the market too long, with too few updates. Volvo product development slowed to a crawl when Ford sold the Swedish brand to a Chinese company during the Great Recession.

The company’s getting back on its feet, and the XC90 is key to winning back safety-conscious family buyers who are Volvo’s core audience.

“The interior is striking,” Bragman said. “They used some very creative materials and design themes. It’s a stunning place to sit.”

 

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Ferrari’s New FXXK

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If you thought the Ferrari LaFerrari was fast or exclusive, think again. This special, hardcore track-only limited edition is bigger, more powerful and rarer in every way.

 

Making its first real-world appearance at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi this month, Ferrari describes the car as “completely uncompromising” and promises that those lucky few that get to own one will get an “unprecedented driving experience.”

 

The FXXK is 194mm longer and 59mm wider than the standard LaFerrari hypercar on which it’s based. It also delivers 1021bhp from its combination of a naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V12 and electric motor working in unison. The Formula One-inspired KERS energy recovery system has also had some serious tweaks so that the driver has more control over how that energy boost is used.

 

The ‘Qualify’ setting delivers maximum performance within a limited number of laps; while ‘Manual Boost’ will give the car an extra edge on demand, upping the torque levels to maximum at the turn of a dial. The energy can also be returned to the car’s battery via the Fast Charge mode, or leaving the KES system in ‘Long Run’ mode will return energy, boost and acceleration consistently.

 

Ferrari won’t reveal other performance statistics, but it’s safe to say that a car that is not restricted by road car regulations or by race car rules either — the FXXK will only every compete with other FXXKs — it will have a faster 0-100km/h time than the LaFerrari’s (under 3 seconds) and should also go past the standard car’s 217mph (350km/h) top speed, too.

 

If you like the sound of the FXXK and fancy snapping one up, you’ll need to be chosen for Ferrari’s driver development program so you’ll have to already have the standard LaFerrari in your garage in order to qualify for consideration.

 

 

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BMW’s 3 New Plug-In Hybrids

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If there was any doubt that we’ll see a spate of new plug-in hybrids over the next few years, a set of three different announcements from BMW last week should put that to rest.

 

The Bavarian maker of “ultimate driving machines” launched a long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan for China with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, showed a prototype 3-Series plug-in hybrid sport sedan, and described a new Power eDrive system that produces a remarkable 670 horsepower.

 

It’s long been known that BMW will introduce a plug-in hybrid X5 sometime next year.

 

That mid-size SUV will compete with the 2016 Volvo XC90 T8 ‘Twin Engine’, a plug-in hybrid model of the refreshed 2016 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV (to be renamed GLE at that time), and perhaps an updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid–among others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW X5 e-Drive plug-in hybrid prototype, test drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 2014

 

The plug-in BMW X5 uses a powertrain that combines a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 70-kilowatt (95-hp) electric motor sandwiched between the engine and an adapted version of BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission, in which the electric motor replaces the conventional torque converter.

 

The lithium-ion battery holds 9.9 kilowatt-hours, of which about 6 kWh are usable for power.

 

Versions of that powertrain are now spreading into other BMW models across the globe.

 

The BMW 530Le introduced last week at the Guangzhou Motor Show, for example, is a long-wheelbase 5-Series sedan sold in China, where extra space in the rear seat is crucial for businesspeople with chauffeurs and new owners who haven’t learned to drive.

 

Combined power output of the engine and electric motor is given as 272 hp, similar to that of the X5 plug-in hybrid, which was expected to be 270 hp or higher. Unlike the X5, however, the 530Le does not include all-wheel drive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW Concept X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid

 

The same powertrain will also soon go into a production version of the smaller 3-Series sedan, as previewed by a so-called “prototype” version shown to European media last week at BMW Innovation Days.

 

Also a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, the plug-in hybrid 3-Series sedan has peak power of 245 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. BMW quotes an electric range of 22 miles (likely 15 to 18 miles on U.S. test cycles), and an electric-only top speed limited to 74.5 mph.

Additional models are likely to follow as well.


But BMW is clearly thinking beyond its current system to future generations of plug-in hybrids. And it’s using components from its BMW i3 and i8 electric cars to boost their performance.

 

At the same Innovation Days event, the company showed a system it calls Power eDrive, which uses a 200-kW (268-hp) electric motor to power the rear wheels. This lets the vehicle run much of the time solely on electric power alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMW 5-Series GT development prototype for Power eDrive plug-in hybrid system, Nov 2014

 

A combined engine-motor-transmission combination powers the front wheels as well, making the car a through-the-road hybrid, for longer distances. This time, though, the front motor is rated at 150 kW (201 hp).

 

Installed in a BMW 5-Series GT mule, the battery pack occupied the tunnel and the space below the rear seats ahead of the rear axle.

 

The system is the next stage of vehicle electrification, the company said, with the goal of maximizing the amount of time a vehicle operates in all-electric mode, which naturally boosts its efficiency.

 

Combined with battery packs of up to 20 kilowatt-hours, the output of these systems will be more than 500 kW (670 hp), letting the vehicle operate solely on electric power throughout two-thirds of its usage cycle.

 

The Power eDrive system will be a natural choice for more upmarket vehicle types, BMW suggests, where it will combine largely electric operation and dynamic response with unlimited long-distance capabilities.

 

With multiple first-generation plug-in hybrid models due over the next three years, and a second-generation system that maximizes electric driving time in the wings, BMW’s commitment to electrifying its model range is now clear.

 

We can’t wait to drive the cars.

 

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10 Car Dealer Tricks to Be Aware Of

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German car dealer Michael Froehlich pose

Everyone loves shopping for a new car. Actually, no one does. It’s right up there with looking for an apartment in the winter or pricing caskets. The only part that is ever fun is test-driving a car you know you would never buy. But that’s not really shopping. That’s borrowing somebody’s car for a joy ride.

 

When it comes to comparing model specs, looking for discounts, factoring in finance terms, understanding fuel economy quotes, and looking at resale value (matching pre-owned versus new models), there is little to love about the car buying process. It only gets worse when an unethical auto dealer is trying to put one over on you. Then it’s anarchy.

 

However, you still need a car. The best way to proceed is to do your homework and never rush into any purchase. To help with dealers out to scam unwitting consusmers, CarBuyingTips.com compiled a 10 best (or worst) car dealer scams consumers should have on the radar when walking into a dealership. Here’s a look at the scams you should be ready to avoid.

A woman walks past a firm offering cash

1. The lost financing scam

Signing a deal for a new car is foolish if you don’t have the loan terms locked in already. Leaving the dealership in a new car with on-the-spot financing leaves you open to this scam. After a few weeks, you learn from the dealer that your loan application was rejected. Now you have to accept a higher annual percentage rate (APR) on the dealer’s new loan because the original rate is no longer available.

 

In reality, any rate that was pre-approved with an accurate credit score should go through. CarBuyingTips.com pegs 680 as the Mendoza Line for credit scores. Below that figure, you are getting a higher rate. Above it, you get the optimal rates. These days, there are so many free credit score services that you should go in knowing the deal. If you have a credit rating below 680 but the dealer offers you an extremely low rate, the “financing evaporated” scam may be in the works.

A woman drives past a firm offering cash

2. The ‘your credit sucks’ scam

In this scam, dealers suggest your credit has seen better days, downgrading it by a hundred or so points. That gives them the right to give you a worse financing deal and pick up some extra cash on the loan end. Of course, this scam is easily avoidable if you check your credit before you head into a dealership. When the dealer says he wanted you to get a better deal but your credit score was 640, you can ask him to go ahead and double-check that number. Before you left the cozy confines of your home, your credit rating was 780 (or 840, etc.).

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3. Car dealer never pays off trade-in loan

Trading in a car with a loan balance still on it is risky. CarBuyingTips.com shows where it’s most dangerous: when a car dealer “forgets” to pay off the loan and you are stuck with the balance because you never got paperwork guaranteeing he would. A car ought to be paid off in full if you are trading it in or otherwise be sold to a buyer on the open market. Dealers would be especially shady if they tried this scam, but it has been done in the past.

 

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4. The ‘you need a co-signer’ scam

Let’s say you are having trouble getting a loan for your car, for whatever reason. A dealer might suggest you just get a co-signer to obtain approval and head down the road. That solution might sound appealing until you realize (either as a co-signer or the original party) that the co-signer with good credit ended up being the only one with the loan. It’s a scam because you wouldn’t have gotten the car without that loan and wouldn’t have gotten the loan without someone else’s credit. Catch this one before it’s too late by reading every bit of paperwork. The co-signer is the one at risk.

 

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5. The ‘online lenders are deadbeats’ scam

If you roll into the dealership with a pre-approval and blank check from an online lender, you should be on your merry way once you choose the right automobile. Unfortunately, you may find your dealer refusing to accept the check because he claims online lenders are deadbeats who bounce them. Then he will hit you with a loan package at higher percentage rates. His scam is convincing you other people are trying to scam him. It’s creative, but you can blow up the scam by walking out on the deal. Considering the dealer left his morals at the door, you would be advised to do so.

 

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6. The warranty scam

CarBuyingTips.com identifies two warranty scams that are fairly common. In the first, dealers hit you with a forced warranty for several thousand dollars that supposedly comes from the bank (it doesn’t). In the second system, a warranty is snuck into the terms of your deal so it inflates the monthly price. Forced warranties are illegal, so call the bluff and tell them you want to take it home and run through it with your attorney. The terms will change immediately.

 

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7. The dealer prep scam

“Dealer Prep” fees are supposed to compensate dealers for the exhausting work done in the trenches after your car arrives off the truck but before you drive it off the lot. According to CarBuyingTips.com, that amounts to removing the plastic covers from the seats and windows. That would hardly be worth the $600 you might see attributed to “Dealer Prep” in a line on your invoice. This fee is almost always negotiable. Again, it is a fee that will be reduced or disappear if you take the deal off the table.

 

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8. The trade-in loan payoff scam

This scam is mostly out in the open. A dealer offers to pay off your lease or existing loan so you can ditch your old ride and get yourself into a (cue the Bob Barker voice) A NEW CAR! You are still paying the remainder of your loan and any penalties involved with breaking a lease, so you’re doubling down on payments in the end. CarBuyingTips.com says dealers typically try to sneak in longer financing terms (six, seven years) in order to get the payment near or even below your current monthly bill.

 

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9. The no-warranty wrecked car scam

Why would anyone buy an as-is, no-warranty car from a dealership? You might as well pick a seller off Craigslist blindfolded and accept whatever terms are being offered. In the no-warranty scam, wrecked cars are gussied up to look like they had a long weekend rather than a funeral. There are ways to check where a car came from and whether it was totaled in the past. If you see the no-warranty offer on a car, chances are it is one of these vehicles.

 

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10. The refinancing scam

In the 10th and possibly most sinister scam CarbuyingTips.com documented, the dealer gets back sometime after the car is in your possession. He congratulates you on this being your lucky day (Christmas come early, etc.) and says he’s got a way better financing package available. Say you pay $350 a month; well now he’s got a deal for $305. All you have to do is get back in the dealership, sign some papers, and you’re living on Easy Street.

 

If you fielded such a call, you would probably wonder how you were so lucky. The opposite was true. All the dealer did was extend the term of the loan to get you paying less longer. Yes, the APR went up in the new deal. It’s one nasty scam, but just one of many out there in the auto consumer jungle.

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The Flying Car Era Has Finally Arrived

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:  YAHOO AUTOS

Terrafugia Transition

 

Peter Thiel is wrong. His famous comment on the failed promise of the internet — “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters” — is about to be upended as the first actual flying cars take to the roads and skies.

 

Bloomberg reported on the progress of the biggest name in the flying car business, Terrafugia, which is nearing the culmination of a decade-long effort to build, drive, fly, market and, yes, sellflying cars to the dreamers who have always wanted one.

 

OK, the Terrafugia Transition is more of a “roadable airplane” than a flying car. But as Terrafugia founder Carl Dietrich notes in the Bloomberg profile by Josh Dean, that’s a market that’s crying out to be served:

 

Critics say flying cars are unlikely to be both great airplanes and great automobiles. But that misses the point, says Dietrich, who explains the Transition is intended to expand the definition of an airplane, solving a number of persistent problems in the process.

 

The Transition is a versatile vehicle, as flying cars go. It runs on regular gas, can be parked in a regular garage, and provides the flexibility to fly when the weather is good and drive when it isn’t, as Dean points out.

 

At about $280,o0o, it’s priced in the ballpark of some exotic supercars. So it could be a very cool toy, but there’s also a business case: If you need to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time, the Transition unlocks America’s underutilized network of small, regional airfields.

 

So Thiel is right: We have had to get by with 140 characters of innovation, up to this point.

 

But the flying cars we always wanted are finally coming. And if Thiel wants to get a “light sport aircraft” license and is willing put down a $10,000 deposit, he can both have one — and fly it.

 

 

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Car Batteries & Wipers – 3 Cold-Weather Questions Answered

REPOSTED BY MIDWEST GLASS TINTERS FROM:   YAHOO AUTOS

Q. Why does my car battery keep dying?

A. Cold weather may not be the only thing killing your battery. We’ve received letters from several readers complaining that their car battery has been going dead for no apparent reason, even with the car sitting in a garage.

 

One frustrated Honda Fit owner voices a common sentiment: “It keeps depleting and needing to be recharged. This is a defect and not my problem.”

 

Once you’ve ruled out the common problems such as a weak or faulty alternator, slipping drive belts, and loose or corroded battery terminals, it probably is your problem. All batteries lose strength over time, including new ones sitting on a shelf in the store. If you’re an urban dweller who occasionally drives only short distances with the lights and other accessories on, or someone who doesn’t regularly drive your car, that will accelerate the process.

 

Also, new cars use more juice just sitting still than older models did. That’s because everything from antitheft systems to standby electronic features draw juice even when the car is turned off.

 

The best bet is to start your car every few days and go for a spin of not less than 15 minutes—not only for the sake of the battery but also for various other components. You might consider investing in a trickle charger to keep the battery charged and ready to go.

 

Q. How often should I replace my car’s wiper blades?

A. The short answer is, more often than you might think. Our tests have found that even the best-performing wiper blades start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are sure signs that the blades are ready for retirement.

 

One way to stretch the life of wiper blades is to clean the rubber edge periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner. If that doesn’t do the trick, treat yourself to new blades. We recommend replacing them as often as twice per year. The good news is that most are easy to install, and some stores, such as Advance Auto Parts, will perform the replacement work free of charge.

 

Q. Why won’t my car start when the temperature drops?

A. If your car is reluctant to start on cold mornings, you’re not alone. With the onset of winter temperatures, owners of a wide variety of vehicles find that their engine won’t turn over, or that it runs roughly when first fired up. Those aren’t old clunkers we’re talking about; the list includes models that are practically new.

 

Depending on the make and model, a frozen relay or valve may be the culprit. Batteries also lose significant capacity as the temperature drops, compounded by thickening motor oil that puts a greater load on the battery. But that shouldn’t be happening; manufacturers test cars to withstand conditions at the Arctic Circle. Odds are you’re living well below the permafrost line.

 

The good news is that some manufacturers have quietly been issuing Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) to address those non-starters, which means you may be able to get your car fixed free. If one of the vehicles listed in the chart below has left you out in the cold, it may be time for a visit to the dealer. Even if yours has been starting up fine so far, have it examined before you get stuck. (TSB summaries are available on the car model pages.)

Make Models Year Cause
BMW Various 2012-2013 Fuel pump
Cadillac ELR 2014 High-voltage battery
Chevrolet Volt 2014 High-voltage battery
Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram 2002-2006 PCV valve
Ford F-150 2011-2014 Block heater
Jeep Commander, Grand Cherokee, Liberty 2002-2006 PCV valve
Lexus ES, RX 2006-2009 Relay
Toyota Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sienna 206-2009 Relay

 

 

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Massive Lexus Recall due to Fuel Leaks

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DETROIT - Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can potentially cause fires.

 

The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models.

 

Toyota says that the cars’ fuel lines have nickel phosphate plating to protect against corrosion. Some lines could have been built with particles coming in contact with a gasket. That can cause the sealing property to deteriorate and trigger fuel leaks.

 

Toyota says it’s not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem.

 

The company first began looking into the matter in June of 2010 after getting a report of gasoline odor coming from a customer’s engine compartment, according to documents posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Toyota investigated, but didn’t find the cause until this year, the documents said. It decided to do the recall in October.

 

The company and dealers received six reports from the field and 238 warranty claims about the problem.

 

Dealers will repair the gasket seating surface at no cost to owners.

 

Some of the Lexuses were recalled in 2009 to fix leaks in aluminum fuel pipes.

 

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VW to Debut Fuel Cell Concept at LA Auto Show

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Amid the flurry of hydrogen announcements from Toyota and Honda last night, Volkwagen has something to add: a new hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle. This will be the first VW hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in many years – remember the Tiguan Hy-Motion back in 2008? – and it comes as a bit of a surprise.

 

First written up by the German publication Wirtschaft Woche, VW is going to have the prototype car (not pictured) available at the ride and drive at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week. We don’t yet know what kind of vehicle will sport the hydrogen powertrain, but our money’s on a Golf variant. We’ll see soon enough when we get to Los Angeles.

 

What’s interesting is that there have been a number of not-so-mixed messages out of the VW executive ranks when it comes to hydrogen vehicles. VW’s Japanese president, Shigeru Shoji, said in September that,hydrogen fuel cells, “may fly within Japan, but not globally.” Last year, VW’s electrification head Rudolf Krebs said that “hydrogen mobility only makes sense if you use green energy.” Also last year, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said it’s basically impossible to build hydrogen vehicles at a “reasonable cost.” Nonetheless, we’re going to see a new VW H2 concept soon. Thoughts?

 

 

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